Fire and harbor officers took the Tide Breaker to search for the missing man. /Credit: Robert Willis
A local fisherman is safe after he left his fish camp and prompted a search effort in Captain’s Bay late Wednesday night.
Deputy police chief Mike Holman says public safety got a call around 1:30 a.m. Thursday from a man at a fish camp on the far western shore of the bay. The man said a friend at the camp had been drinking, and had taken a skiff and gone out on the water.
"They’d tried to stop him, but he left," Holman says. "And a few minutes after he left, they heard yelling -- they believed, somebody yelling for help."
There's still fish in the water, but seiners are done harvesting herring in the Aleutian Islands.
The purse seine fleet picked up their last load of herring on Saturday night north of Akutan. Fish & Game biologist Nathaniel Nichols says that leaves about 160 tons of herring on the table out of the 1,805 tons up for harvest this season.
"The processors decided they had enough before we got to the allocation, so they quit fishing," says Nichols.
City council will take another look at new rules for construction camps when they meet tonight.
For months, the city has been considering a set of changes to the zoning code, or Title 8. The proposed revisions include new regulations for how and where to build construction camps in town.
At council's last meeting, councilor Dennis Robinson said he was concerned the changes would make it too easy for camps to become long-term installations. He said he’d rather see the city focus on encouraging permanent housing.
The old historic preservation commission helped restore the city-owned Henry Swanson house in downtown Unalaska. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)
After letting its historic preservation commission lapse six years ago, Unalaska is trying something new. City council voted recently to merge the preservation commission with the planning and zoning board.
It puts development and cultural conservation in the hands of one group that includes city staff. And as KUCB’s Annie Ropeik reports, that’s raised concerns about a conflict of interest.
Two local business owners accused of running a large drug operation out of their store and home have pleaded not guilty.
Tam Nguyen, age 46, and Thu McConnell, 45, operated the Dutch Harbor Asia shop for several years. They were arrested in May after police traced an alleged heroin sale to the store.
An Anchorage grand jury indicted Nguyen and McConnell on July 9. Nguyen is facing a dozen felony charges for allegedly using the business -- and the house he shared with McConnell on Biorka Drive -- to sell cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and Oxycodone.